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Ananias (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.202
Diameter 17 mm


Bust of the Virgin between two crosses, facing and nimbate. Christ is seemingly before her, though badly worn. Indeterminate border.


Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - ι - ν - ν - ο - υ




(Seal of) Ananias.


The letter on the left arm of the reverse cruciform monogram is indistinct and uncertain, however it is likely an N, cf. BZS.1955.1.201 and Zacos-Veglery, no. 1110 (though it comes from a different boulleterion). Other possibilities for the reading of the monogram include the less common Ἀννιανοῦ (Annanianos), or Ἰουλιανοῦ (Julian)--made less likely by the duplication of the Ν instead of the insertion of an explicit Λ.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.202
Diameter 17 mm